Payet limps off injured during Europa League final

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By JEROME PUGMIRE

AP Sports Writer

LYON, France (AP) Marseille midfielder Dimitri Payet could be doubtful for the World Cup after limping off injured in the Europa League final against Atletico Madrid on Wednesday.

Payet appeared to aggravate a recent thigh injury and was replaced after 31 minutes.

France coach Didier Deschamps names his World Cup squad on Thursday, and Payet had a strong case to be called up after impressing in recent weeks for Marseille.

He is the French league's top playmaker this season with 13 assists and had three goals and seven assists in the Europa League, starring for Marseille in the quarterfinal and semifinal.

Payet was in tears as he left the field at Stade de Lyon and was consoled by teammates. He sat slumped on the bench as he looked on.

Updated May 16, 2018

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